I, for one, was happy to see Fish' critique on Freshmeat. That doesn't mean I think he's right. On the contrary. However, it did cause public discussion and made lots of people aware of Perl 6 and why it is needed. Ovid and Schwern possibly had never written these excellent rebuttals if it weren't for a public provocation.
The article, even though it is mostly nonsense, mentions myths that live in too many minds. The people who believe in those myths will read this article, because it seems to agree with what they think. Hopefully, they also read the truth that is in the replies. I think that many of the people who think (or thought) badly about Perl 6 would not have read yet another all-positive article.
I want to publicly thank Shlomi Fish for writing his article. Shlomi, you're wrong and you should by now know that and why you are, but still: thanks.
Obviously, my thanks for the people who took the time to tell the world about a more true reality is even bigger.
I wonder if I'm the only one who thinks this kind of public discussion is good for Perl 6. Maybe some think it's a waste of time of the smart people who defend Perl 6, or have other objections. What is your view?